Definition of people-watch in US English:



[no object]
  • Spend time idly observing people in a public place.

    ‘the courtyard is a great place to sit and people-watch’
    • ‘In fact, he'd rather people-watch at the Block in Orange, Calif., than attend any industry event.’
    • ‘Music is really good in here and it's a great place to people-watch given all the trendy people frequenting the place.’
    • ‘He went to the bar to get drinks while I waited and people-watched.’
    • ‘We got a table on the second floor which is great if you want privacy - but not so great if you want to people watch.’
    • ‘Not seeing her right away, I moved aside and people-watched for a while.’
    • ‘The managers might have noted that most people visit malls mostly to eat, to stroll around, to people-watch or to be seen.’
    • ‘By day, it's a great place to people-watch in a modern setting with a chilled café ambience.’
    • ‘We were the first of our dance group to arrive, so we sat at our floor-edge table and people-watched.’
    • ‘Instead of waiting on the platform I hung around the station eating a sandwich and people-watching.’
    • ‘I adore the beach and love to people-watch.’